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Mar 26

Won’t you be my neighbor?

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These documentaries focus on building community

How well do you know your neighbors?

Sure, you’ve probably exchanged a cheery “Good morning” or two, but have you ever been inside your neighbors’ homes? Have you shared a meal together? Do you know the ages of your neighbors’ children, the names of their pets?

As Peter Lovenheim writes in his book “In the Neighborhood: The Search for Community on an American Street, One Sleepover at a Time,” Americans are growing increasingly isolated. His book, which was selected as Cuesta College’s 2012 Book of the Year, chronicles his own attempts to get to know his neighbors, while highlighting similar efforts across the country.

This week, Cuesta College offers several free movie screenings that deal with subject of community. The details are below.

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MONDAY

  • “The Gleaners & I” — French filmmaker Agnès Varda takes a humanistic look at France’s gleaners, poor people who pick over already reaped fields in search of food.  1 to 2:15 pm , Room N2401, North County campus, 2800 Buena Vista Drive in Paso Robles.
  • “Young@Heart” – This charming documentary showcases a group of singing senior citizens from Massachusetts who cover songs by James Brown, Jimi Hendrix, Coldplay and Sonic Youth. Noon to 2 p.m., Library Room 3219, Cuesta College, Highway 1 just north of San Luis Obispo.

WEDNESDAY

  • “Building Community: It’s an Art” — The Minnesota League of Cities examines the ways in which art, music and poetry can bring together local residents. 1 to 1:30 pm. Room N2401, North County campus.
  • “Father G and the Homeboys” – This documentary, narrated by Martin Sheen, looks at Los Angeles-based Jesuit priest Father Greg Boyle and his efforts to help gang-bangers living in the battle-scarred neighborhood of Boyle Heights. Noon to 2 p.m.  Room 3219, San Luis Obispo campus.
  • “Green Cities:  Leading the Way” — In America’s heartland, cities adopt environmentally friendly measures such as banning plastic bags, energy conservation and recycling. 1:30 to 2 p.m. Room  N2401, North County campus.

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For more information, call 546-3190 or visit Cuesta College online.

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